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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Róisín Murphy And Samanda Duke It Out While Sugababes Rule The U.K. Charts

Róisín Murphy -- the critical darling who it seems makes all pop blogger's no-nos do uh-oh! -- didn't quite have what it took to debut higher than Samanda on the official U.K. singles chart. Alas, the blonde twins' cover of Aqua's "Barbie Girl" -- a song so cherished I'm dumbfounded as to why it's not a bona fide standard banged out on granny's Wurlitzer at the holidays -- entered at #26, while Róisín's "Let Me Know" is at #28.

Just like Britney and Feist on the U.S. chart -- the latter of which plunged out of the Top 10 after one week while "Gimme More" has been hovering at #3 -- it all comes down to pure talent rising to the top. Oh, but I jest. "Let Me Know" is bonza, while Samanda, on the other hand, had better yank the stripper pole back out of the storage closet.

The rest of the chart is a snooze, though it's nice to see Sugababes still at #1 while their album, Change, has also debuted at the top. I finally got the CD from Amazon on Friday, and I've been schoolin' L.A. on the magic of the 'babes via my car stereo ever since. It's a classy town. I have to say, "Surprise" is pretty rad. That Cathy Dennis sure knows how to pull a jam out of her skirt.

The U.K. Top 10:

1. "About You Now" - Sugababes *3 weeks*
2. "Let Me Think About It" - Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand
3. "Valerie" - Mark Ronson feat. Amy Winehouse
4. "No U Hang Up/If That's OK With You" - Shayne Ward
5. "Goodbye Mr. A" - Hoosiers *new*
6. "Hey There Delilah" - Plain White T's
7. "Ayo Technology" - 50 Cent feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland
8. "Beautiful Girls" - Sean Kingston
9. "1234" - Feist
10. "She's So Lovely" - Scouting For Girls

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